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Published November 15, 2011, 09:27 PM

Record Number of Aid Applications at Grand Forks Salvation Army

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A record number of people applied for aid this holiday season at the Salvation Army.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - A record number of people applied for aid this holiday season at the Salvation Army.

The Army has only been taking requests for a week, but there's already a sharp increase from last year.

The Salvation Army is relying heavily on volunteers to provide aid to local families since the economy bottomed out.

The nationwide need for food and toys is up, and Grand Forks is no exception.

"We anticipate a great number of requests this year," core helper Timothy Woodard said.

The Salvation Army anticipates meeting its goal, but there are always doubts.

"There are plenty of folks that are in need, especially with the economic times right now. We may end up with more than we realize," advisory board chair Bob Alderson said.

The Salvation Army has just begun taking applications and has already received more than 300. The biggest need? Gifts for teens.

"They're the hardest group to get for because not many people want to buy for them. They always want to buy for younger kids," Major Jonathan Fjellman said.

And with these big numbers, your help is needed to fill the bare shelves.

"Open your heart and remember those that are in more of need than possibly yourself this year," Alderson said.

You can bring donations to the Salvation Army on University Avenue or volunteer to ring the bell at registertoring.com.

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